Tomatoes are one of the vital ingredients in almost everybody’s kitchen in India. It is a very versatile food item which comes in different shapes, colours and sizes. Tomatoes are found either red, green, yellow or orange and they give a pleasant sweet and acidic taste to the dish. Fresh tomatoes can be eaten raw. They help in giving a dense texture to any dish apart from its unique taste.
In Indian cuisine, tomatoes are used in thousands of ways either chopped, sliced, blanched, pureed etc. They are added into making some very luscious soups, salads. The chopped tomatoes are best used in making different types of curries, gravies or bhuna dishes while the sliced tomatoes are good for salads or garnishing the dishes. Blanched tomatoes are generally used for preparing sweet, tarts etc.
Cored tomatoes can be used for stuffing and baking. The halves of tomatoes and the quartered tomatoes can be used for making salads, stir fried vegetables, pizza’s pasts, etc. They are great addition to bean dishes and vegetable soups. Tomatoes are a great source of diet. The raw tomatoes can be turned into delicious diet salads. They can be also used for making diet omelettes, sandwiches, wraps and many more such dishes.
The benefits are not just limited to our households but are an excellent source of vitamin A, C and K. They are low in fat, low calorie, sodium and cholesterol free. Tomatoes are also a great source of molybdenum, potassium, manganese, iron, dietary fiber, chromium, and vitamin B1. The consumption of fresh and healthy tomatoes is the basic source of vitamin B6, folate, copper, niacin, vitamin B2, magnesium, iron, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, vitamin E and protein.
They are best to maintain the cholesterol levels and also for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Loaded with many benefits, they are incredibly versatile and can be prepared in a seemingly endless number of dishes, as well as being great to eat alone.
Below listed are some of my favourite dishes made with tomatoes giving a nice taste and texture to the dish:
Boiled eggs cooked in a spicy tomato onion based masala curry.
TOMATO EGG DROP SOUP/ Egg drop soup is a Chinese soup of wispy beaten eggs in boiled chicken broth. Condiments such as black pepper or white pepper, and finely chopped scallions and tofu are also commonly added.
This curry is very easy to make and at the same time very delicious too Easy Chicken Curry with Onion Tomato Gravy is a way for the Indian food made convenient.
Prawns Kuzhambu with Onion Tomato and Coconut is an excellent dish cooked in onion, tomato, coconut and tamarind sauce. This is just like a Kuzhambu made in southern India.
A dry prawn with tomato masala is made dry prawns cooked with ridge gourd in a flavourful spicy tomato masala.
Prawns are delicious when grilled. Try this great grilled prawn recipe with a tasty dip to accompany it. See "Cooking with Prawns" for great tips for preparing and cooking with prawns.
Butter chicken or murgh makhani is an Indian dish from the Punjab region popular in countries all over the world. This creamy curry Indian butter chicken recipe combines ethnic spices with simple ingredients like onion, butter, and tomato sauce for a tasty dish.
Andey Ka Kut Boiled eggs cooked in spicy gravy.
Egg korma is one of the dish for the kings and their royal feasts. Boiled eggs cooked with in khorma gravy.
Do try these recipes and enjoy the different flavours of this versatile ingredient.
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